A quick run through some of the events happening this week in the world of art, music and film.
The Monday Night Film Series screens Puzzle. Producer Marc Turtletaub makes his directorial debut with Puzzle, a gently humanist story of an unassuming housewife who comes to recognize her unspoken hopes and dreams through the unlikely avenue of competitive jigsaw-puzzling. Tilley Hall, UNB, 7;30 p.m., $8, $5 members.
The Louisbourg Choir is releasing its first CD with a performance at Wilmot United Church. Chansons d’amour d’Acadie et de France (Love Songs from Acadia and France), offers an original and exceptional musical program of Acadian folksongs and polyphonic songs from the Renaissance. Arranged especially for this occasion by Skye Consort’s Seán Dagher, these folksongs emerge in new and creative ways: rich vocal harmonies, and the colourful sound of period instruments. Wilmot United Church, 7:30 p.m. Tickets $25.
The Beaverbrook Art Gallery and UNB – Technology Management & Entrepreneurship are proud to present the new documentary Design Canada, a film celebrating the golden era of Canadian graphic design. The biggest question we ask ourselves as a country is “what makes us Canadian?” What defines a national identity, is it an anthem? A flag? Is it a logo or icon? How do these elements shape who we are? In the 1960s and 1970s, these questions were answered by an innovative group of Canadian designers, who used design to unify the nation. Doors at 6:30 p.m., admission is free.
Dub Landing at Cafe Loka. H. de Heutz, Wangled Teb and Usse kindly invite you to join them, alongside Wangled Teb, for the first stop of their joint tour through the Maritimes. The “Dub Landing” tour marks the recent release of Usse’s “Hegemony/The Obfuscator” cassette, while H. de Heutz is visiting out East Coast for the first time following the release of their “The Natural World” 12″. 7 p.m. $8 All-ages.
MusicUNB concert series: Quintet + One. hear Ventus Machina and Richard Hornsby perform some of the most stunning music ever written for a wind chamber ensemble! Janacek’s Mladi (Youth) is considered to be one of the real gems of the wind repertoire. Rarely heard because of its unusual instrumentation, it is paired here with Darius Milhaud’s Scaramouche. This performance features James Kalyn as saxophone soloist and Richard Hornsby on clarinet, along with the quintet by hungarian Endre Szervansky. Memorial Hall, UNB. 7:30 p.m. Tickets $10-$30.
Music Runs Though It presents John Wort Hannam at Wilser’s Room. In 2001 John Wort Hannam quit his teaching job and spent 10 months depleting his savings while sat at his kitchen table, wearing a lucky hat, writing his first ten songs. Those songs would become his first recording Pocket Full of Holes, released in 2003. Seventeen years later, the Alberta musician is releasing his seventh full-length recording Acres Of Elbow Room and has a few feathers in that lucky hat for his first six offerings. Showtime 8 p.m. $25.
CanAfrica National Steel Tour. National Steel Tour 2018 comes to Grimross Doc MacLean and Albert Frost. One guy played with Son House, the other with Ali Farka Toure. So now now, CanAfrica Blues: a playful, yet respectful collaboration by these unique, yet complimentary artists– each of whom mix traditional and contemporary blues and roots music from their own continents. Grimross Brewery. 7:30 p.m. $15-$20.
Book Launch: Jenna Lyn Albert’s Bec & Call at Westminster Books. Nightwood Editions invites you to join us for readings by Jenna Lyn Albert and guest poets Chris Bailey, Lucas Crawford, Rebecca Salazar and Dominique Bernier-Cormier. This event is free and open to the public, books will be available for sale. 7 p.m.
Verses Album Release. Fredericton hardcore crossover band Verses will release their new album Dump Eagles with a show at the Capital Complex with Anthesis (Quispamsis) and OVAV (Halifax). Doors at 9. Show at 10. $6.
Overwound at Grimross Brewery. Overwound is blues on fire. Based out of Fredericton, NB, this 3-piece band was designed from the start to bring guitar blues to the stage with a live high-energy edge. Modern variations on blues classics plus modern blues/rock with that extra octane and drive that is made to experience live. 8 p.m. $10.
Lansdown Concerts presents John Wort Hannam on September 29 at 8 p.m. at 41 River Front Way. John has six recordings out and has a Juno nomination, a Canadian Folk Music Award, a Galaxie Rising Star Award and a Kerrville New Folk title. His voice is haunting and his stories are fabulous. Tickets are $20 and can be reserved via email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by calling 457-0826. Doors open at 7:15 p.m., show starts at 8 p.m.
Wendy MacIsaac & Mac Morin at Grimross. Starting with a few humble steps, Mac Morin has been able to travel professionally as a Cape Breton step dancer and piano player for the last 20 years. Wendy MacIsaac is a renowned fiddler from Cape Breton who has been playing music for over 30 years. She is recognized as one of the “old school” style of players who has kept the traditional sound going. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door.